1) Joachim Murat in 1792, as a 25-year-old sous-lieutenant in the 12th chasseurs-à-cheval, by Jean-Baptiste-Paulin Guérin. 2) In 1811, as the King of Naples, by Guillaume Deschamps.
“Voici mon cher ami Murat…”
Sketch of Murat by Antoine-Jean Gros, 1808. The text reads, "Voici mon cher ami Murat le Roi de Naples" ("Here is my dear friend Murat the King of Naples"). Murat had been, along with Marshal Berthier, a patron of Gros, and commissioned paintings of himself on two occasions. Gros' first painting featuring Murat was The …
“Nearly always in good taste”
Murat became famous--perhaps "notorious" would be a better word--for designing outlandish uniforms for himself, to make himself stand out not only on the battlefield, but wherever he went. While Constant, Napoleon’s valet, who liked Murat, charitably recalled that Murat was "the man in all France who dressed with the most care, and nearly always in …
Drawing of Murat derived from a painting by Andrea Appiani in 1803. Unfortunately I haven't been able to find a picture of the actual painting anywhere so far.
Sketch of Joachim Murat & his family, by Paolo Girgenti, 1815; and an embroidered painting based on the drawing. The latter was on public display for a time at the Palazzo Reale in Naples, in an exhibition on Murat near the 200th anniversary of his death. And, lastly, a detail from the above.
Watercolor of Caroline Murat, Queen of Naples, in the Silver Salon at the Elysée Palace in Paris, painted in 1810 by Louis Hippolyte Lebas. Caroline spent the majority of 1810 in Paris ostensibly to assist her brother Napoleon’s new Empress, Marie-Louise, with the running of her new household at court, but also to promote the …
Two miniatures of Murat, by Jean-Baptiste Isabey.
Miniature portrait of Joachim & Caroline Murat. Artist and date unknown.
The Battle of Eylau—February 7-8, 1807
Napoléon on the Battlefield of Eylau, by Antoine-Jean Gros (1808). Close-up of Murat from the above.
Murat as Joachim Napoleon, King of Naples, painted by François Pascal Simon Gérard between 1811-1812. And a close-up of the above.